Comrades Marathon Substitutions Open

ComradesIt’s that time of the year again when Comrades Marathon runners who were unable to enter for the 2013 Ultimate Human Race during the official entry period (September –November 2012) have an opportunity to still be part of the great race through the official Substitution process.

Thanks to the Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) Substitution Rule, these Comrades Marathon hopefuls have from now until 30 April 2013 to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw from the 2013 edition of the epic road-running challenge.

The Comrades Marathon Substitution Rule was introduced for the very first time last year and now forms part of the official race rules of the world’s biggest ultra-marathon. The Substitution process officially opened on 1 April and will close on 30 April 2013.

The completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 30 April 2013.  There will be no extension of this deadline.

Athletes still intending to submit Substitution application forms are advised to visit the official Comrades Marathon website at for the downloadable forms and the comprehensive list of the rules and regulations which govern the Substitution process.

Race Director Johan Van Staden says, ‘We received just over 500 Substitution applications last year and anticipate many more for the 2013 race. The Substitution Rule has been very well received by our runners and will guarantee a higher number of starters outside the Durban City Hall on 2 June 2013.’